! >> this is a wbal tv-11 editorial with president and general manager dan joerres. >> it's time to lace up the running shoes and grab your bib number. in just a week, 27,000 runners from around the world will hit the streets of baltimore for the 12th annual baltimore running festival. since its inception in 2001, the race has blossomed to a full morning that features something for everyone ages 1 to 86. from avid runners who log 26.2 miles, to half marathoners, 5-k'ers and the kids fun run, it offers a challenging course and powers tourism in our town. the international field includes runners from 24 countries and every state in the u.s. last year's men champion will return to defend his title and take home the $25,000 prize. the race is expected to generate more than $30 million in economic impact to the city. and an additional million dollars for charity. wbal is proud to be the official television station of the festival and will provide live exclusive coverage. for more information and even to sign up to run in the festival, log on to wbaltv.com.